Beachgoers in Clare urged to take responsibility for litter
Clare County Council is urging visitors to Clare’s main beaches to take responsibility for their rubbish by bringing it home with them.
July 11, 2013 (FPRC) -- The Council has employed additional resources to deal with the increase in litter that has resulted from what it calls ‘unprecedented’ visitor numbers to beaches such as Kilkee, Lahinch and Spanish Point. The local authority says it is also installing additional, temporary bins along the length of the beach in an effort to minimise littering while litter wardens have been deployed to monitor littering activity.
“Our beach is a fantastic resource for the wider community and it's up to us all to ensure that we take home what we bring to the beach”, explained Paul Moroney, Senior Engineer with Clare County Council.
He added: The Council wishes to acknowledge those who have used the public bins to dispose of their litter. These bins are emptied regularly each day but often reach their capacity due to the unprecedented large volumes of visitors to the beaches. In Kilkee, we are finding that some people are dumping their litter along the seawall, on the beach or beside already full bins rather than bring their litter home with them. We are installing additional bins today to counteract the problem but would continue to ask the public to take responsibility for their own rubbish and leave nothing behind but their footprints.”
“Leaving or throwing litter in a public place is an offence that can be subject to an on-the-spot fine of €150 or a maximum fine of €3,000 if you are convicted of a litter offence in the District Court. Council litter wardens will take action where they deem necessary so we would advise the public to be wary of the law around littering. After all, indiscriminate dumping of picnic litter and other rubbish does not create a positive image for any beach or for local tourism.
“Local volunteers have been of great assistance to Council staff in dealing with rubbish on our beaches but people must “be more civic minded” when it comes to cleaning up after themselves. This will help to eradicate litter/waste from our beautiful coastline for the benefit of our locals and tourists alike,” Mr. Moroney concluded.
Clare has been one of the hottest spots in Ireland this week with temperatures regularly hitting 30c. Clare County Council says record numbers of people have visited the County’s beaches in Kilkee, Fanore, Spanish Point, White Strand, Lahinch and Bishops Quarter.
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